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Tom Lawrence

Thumbs up to the candidates who filed for office.

The deadline was Friday and Park County voters will have choices to make in the Aug. 19 Republican primary. There are races for sheriff, with three candidates, for the Park County Commission, with eight candidates for three seats, and for three of five legislative seats.

Residents of rural community admit to some apprehension

CLARK — His name was Juan Antonio Guerra Torres.

Guerra Torres wasn’t well-known in Clark, but some people knew him in this rural community near the Wyoming-Montana border. They didn’t talk much about him before, but they do now, since it was revealed last week he was the man found murdered in the Little Sand Coulee on Jan. 9.

It’s rare in today’s America, with divisions on almost everything, to find common ground on an issue.

Veterans, however, have seemed to be the exception to that. The right and left, Democrats, Republicans and those of other political beliefs are basically united on praising and honoring America’s military veterans.

Governor: Poll shows 80 percent support among GOP voters  

CODY — Gov. Matt Mead said he needs to find some time for campaigning, but he’s not making it a priority.

Mead, who is being challenged by two fellow Republicans in the Aug. 19 primary, is seeking his second four-year term. He said while he will campaign, he thinks the best way to earn support is by serving the state and its people as well as he can.

Thumbs up to the Powell High School boys track team for bringing home yet another state title.

The thinclads claimed the crown in Casper on Saturday, edging Douglas — yes, once again! — for the title. The Panthers scored heavily in field events to earn enough points to clinch the championship.

Many of us enjoy sinking our teeth into a hamburger. Add cheese, lettuce, pickles, mustard, ketchup, onion — whatever trips your tastebuds.

We don’t need National Hamburger Day and Month, which are both being observed in May, to remind us how satisfying a burger can be when you’re hungry. As summer dawns, a lot of people are eager to fire up the grill and put the heat to meat.

American Legion marks 95th anniversary as aging membership raises concern about future  

Color the American Legion red, white and gray.

Its rapidly aging members are blue, too, as they contemplate the declining fortunes of the veterans association. It was founded by World War I veterans in France and chartered by Congress in 1919, but as its centennial approaches, the American Legion’s future is uncertain.

Thumbs up to local graduates.

Northwest College awarded diplomas to 193 grads on Saturday, and this Sunday, Powell High School will convert 90 students into alumni. These are annual rituals, symbols of knowledge gained and lessons learned.

Retailers will be able to sell Powerball and Mega Millions in three months; Clontz says scratch tickets needed

The Wyoming Lottery Corporation may add more games in addition to the Powerball and Mega Millions tickets it will begin selling Aug. 24, according to its CEO, Jon Clontz.

Cooperative faces $71,000 in fines over safety violations in Jan. 4 death at Lovell factory  

The Western Sugar Cooperative has asked to meet with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over proposed penalties tied to the death of an employee earlier this year.

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